Monday, June 6, 2011
MLB Draft Live Blog
The Reds select Robert Stephenson, a high schooler pitcher from Alhambra High School. Stephenson is a lanky kid, 6'3" at just 180lbs. Despite his skinny frame he pumps his fastball in at 93mph and scouts optimistic about Stephenson think he can add strength and velocity to his fastball as he fills out. That 6'3" height allows him to pitch at a downhill plane, making it difficult for hitter to elevate the ball. HE also throws a slow curveball and a changeup that he is still just learning. Both of those secondary pitches need serious work, but Stephenson has time to work on them as the Reds are not hard up for pitching right now.